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Gold Nuggets' 11 points earn them tie for 34th nationally

September 26, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana received 11 points Wednesday in voting for the NAIA Women's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Gold Nuggets are tied for 34th place, their highest rank since the 2008 preseason.
     Xavier was not ranked a week ago but finished second to 20th-ranked Embry-Riddle in the ASICS Embry-Riddle Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday. The Lady Eagles finished 23 points ahead of Xavier in the 12-team event, but had their matchup been scored as a dual meet, ERAU would've won 25-30.
     "Our women stepped up and performed well on a tough course," XU coach Joseph Moses said. "We had been pointing to the Embry-Riddle meet as a chance to do well against a ranked team."
     The poll is the fourth of the season. British Columbia is No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by three-time defending champion Cal State San Marcos. Embry-Riddle remained 20th.
     The next meet for Xavier's men and women will be the Mississippi College/Watson Ford Invitational at Clinton, Miss., on Oct. 5. The women's 6,000-meter race will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men's 8K at 5:15.
     NOTES:  The Gold Nuggets never have reached the top 25. Their highest rank was 27th on Oct. 4 and Nov. 8, 2002, and Sept. 26, 2003 . . . They received their first votes in the national poll in 2002 . . . This is the 20th time they've received support . . . The only time they received more points was in the 2008 preseason (14) . . . In six previous appearances in September polls, the Gold Nuggets received a combined 12 points . . . Xavier is 11-1 against NAIA opponents this season.

   
NAIA Women's Cross Country
Coaches' Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points Last
1 British Columbia (21) 622 1
2 Cal State San Marcos 598 2
3 Olivet Nazarene (1) 580 3
4 College of Idaho 567 4
5 Biola 542 5
6 Carroll (Mont.) 519 6
7 Northwest Christian 489 7
8 Westmont 479 11
9 Aquinas 449 10
10 Concordia (Calif.) 439 8
11 Lewis-Clark State 431 9
12 Southern Oregon 384 13
13 Dordt 370 13
14 The Master's 353 15
15-tie Rocky Mountain 323 19
15-tie Cornerstone 323 16
17 Milligan 298 14
18 St. Francis (Ill.) 287 18
19 Concordia (Neb.) 272 17
20 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 228 20
21 Taylor 222 21
22 Huntington (Ind.) 193 22
23 Illinois Tech 177 23
24 Oklahoma Baptist 171 tie-24
25 Indiana Wesleyan 112 RV

Others receiving votes: Cumberlands 105, Concordia (Ore.) 99, Saint Xavier 66, Rogers State 62, Baker 42, Doane 27, Northwest 16, Spring Arbor 16, Xavier 11, Trinity Christian 11, Texas Wesleyan 6, Lee (Tenn.) 5, SCAD Savannah 3, Emmanuel (Ga.) 3, Vanguard 3.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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